India beat Australia by 36 runs in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match at Kennington Oval on Sunday. The Men In Blue registered their second straight win in the ongoing showpiece event.
Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle took to Twitter after India's win to provide his analysis of the victory. However, what caught attention was his heartwarming observation about the Oval stadium. He said: "Oval was blue today."
In his analysis of the match, he said that match was reminiscent of the start in 2015 as India gave a powerful performance. he underscored the importance of the innings of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma to Australia's Starc and Cummins. He also added that one should not underestimate the importance of the Dhawan innings as it allowed Rohit and Kohli to ease themselves in.
He, however, expressed his skeptic in the following tweet:
They had got the better of South Africa in their previous encounter by six wickets. Indian skipper Virat Kohli had no hesitation in batting first after winning the toss as the opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma put on 127 runs for the opening wicket. Dhawan went on to score his 17th ODI ton and his third century in World Cups. He scored a 109-ball 117. Valuable contributions from Rohit (57), skipper Virat Kohli (82) and some amazing cameos from MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya powered India to 352/7 in their 50 overs. In reply, Aussies put up a good contest during this stiff run chase as most of their batsmen got starts and were involved in some decent partnerships. Nonetheless, the Indian bowlers kept them at bay as the Aussies suffered their first defeat of this World Cup. Steve Smith top-scored for the Aussies with 69 while wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey remained unbeaten on 55 as the five-time World Champions were bowled out for 316. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the bowlers for India with figures of 3/50 in his 10 overs at an economy rate of 5.00. Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan was adjudged Man of the Match for his match-winning century.
The Indian batting side fired up from their victory against South Africa in the previous match, managed to put up an impressive target of 352 where India's star batsman Shikar Dhawan scored 117 runs, joining an elite list involving Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly for most hundreds for India in the World Cup and ICC tournaments. Skipper Virat Kohli too scored 82 runs. Bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar picked up three wickets each while Yuzvendra Chahal picked up two wickets to bowl out the Australian side.
The playing XI of both sides were: